• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCMS academic team wins District 40 Governor’s Cup


Woodford County Middle School’s academic team won the District 40 Governor’s Cup recently. Seventh-graders Addie Patterson and James Sikorski led the Tigers with first-place individual finishes and several other WCMS students placed top-5 in written assessment to advance to the region.

WCMS finished first in the future problem solving and second in the quick recall team events to advance both to region.

After the WCMS quick recall team lost its opening round quick-recall match to Scott County Middle School in district play, the Tigers won all their matches in the losers’ bracket to earn a rematch with Scott County. The Tigers won the first match of the finals against Scott County before losing to the Cardinals in the double-elimination tournament.

“It felt really good (to advance out of the district) because I’ve never actually gone onto regions before,” said WCMS eighth-grader Dalton Wells.

WCMS finished atop its district with a total of 42.83 points while defeating Royal Spring Middle School (38.16 points), Scott County Middle School (38 points) and Georgetown Middle School (4 points).

WCMS Coach Monica Elmore credits the across-the-board success to having a team with students who are interested in many different subject areas. “So we try to play to those strengths,” she said.

“Because their interests differ, I think it gives us a good spread on all the different topics.”

In math written assessment, Addie finished first and Dawson Akers was third for WCMS.

Rather than simply enjoying her district win, Addie told herself, “Okay, time to go to regions.” The seventh-grader said math became her thing in second grade, and she credits Sheri Logan, her teacher at Southside Elementary School.

“She really helped me enjoy math a lot more,” remembered Addie, 12. “And she got me to (perform to) the best of my abilities.”

In science written assessment, James finished first and Dalton was third for WCMS. “James is just a really big science buff,” said Elmore.

“He just really loves science.”

The same is true for Dalton.

“Science is one of my favorite subjects. I love it,” he said.

“… There’s lots of fun things about science.”

In social studies written assessment, Patrick Rardin earned a second place while Ty Johnson tied for fifth for WCMS.

In language arts written assessment, Ina Mason took home second place and Grace Taylor was fourth for WCMS.

In arts and humanities, Conor Bybee finished fourth and Carter Ishmael was fifth for WCMS.

In composition, Afton Skeeters tied for fifth.

Winning a District 40 championship with two new coaches (Rebecca Moreland leads the FPS team) this year “speaks to the strength of the kids,” said Elmore. “They know what to do … They’re so dedicated.” She had no expectations going into this season, and credits her team’s leaders for helping the Tigers take home the District 40 Governor’s Cup title.

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